ACCA Open: Digital commissions

Fri 1 May 2020

This is a past program.
Main exhibition gallery


Please include the following in your application:

  • 400-word proposal for work that addresses the selection criteria, with up to 4 x accompanying images or concept sketches
  • Draft budget including breakdown of artist’s fee, collaborator or consultant’s fees (if applicable), research, development, production and presentation expenses
  • CV and biography (including link to website, if applicable)
  • 5 x images of recent work, or URLs linking to past projects

At ACCA, our doors may be temporarily closed, but our minds are always open to new ideas. ACCA’s mission is to Do Art Differently – to challenge, connect and resonate – so that ACCA becomes the go-to place to engage with contemporary art now: a platform for artists, and a centre for the exchange of ideas, to reflect and inspire positive change in people and communities. Now, more than ever, we look to artists for inspiration, reflection, innovation and adaptation. 

We are pleased to announce ACCA Open – a new open-call initiative, inviting Australian artists of all backgrounds, career levels and practices to share ambitious proposals for the production of new work to be presented digitally in August 2020. Three artists or collaborations will each be awarded an artist and production fee of $8,000 total (ex. GST) and offered the support of ACCA’s curatorial team to help realise their project.

ACCA Open aims to explore what can be created beyond our gallery walls and to support artists to extend their practices and find new ambitious ways of creating in these unprecedented times. ACCA Open will continue our outstanding track record propelling artists’ careers, and build on our significant legacy of major commissions, which continue to circulate and influence the understanding, appreciation and recent history of contemporary art.

Selection Criteria

  • Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • New, ambitious, well-conceived, timely and innovative project
  • New artistic work specifically designed for digital presentation (beyond ACCA’s gallery spaces, e.g. online, virtually, through media or other networks)
  • Potential to develop an artist’s practice in new ways
  • Evidence of relevant skills and experience
  • Feasibility of project within budget and timeline
  • Aligns with ACCA’s mission to ‘Do Art Differently’

Project Timeline: May–July development, with presentation of new commissions in August 2020

Budget: ACCA will commit up to $8,000 (ex. GST) per project including artist fee, production and presentation costs, and may seek further partnership funding as necessary. The artist, with the support of ACCA, is also encouraged to apply for additional funding as needed.  

For further information about current funding opportunities for artists see the Australia Council’s 2020 Resilience Fund or contact for additional updates and opportunities.

Selection Panel: Max Delany (Artistic Director and CEO, ACCA); Annika Kristensen (Senior Curator, ACCA); Miriam Kelly (Curator, ACCA); Bianca Winataputri (Public Programs Coordinator, ACCA); Fayen d’Evie (Artist, academic, publisher and ACCA Board member); and Rowan McNaught (Artist and publisher)

Submission Deadline: Applications are due by 5pm on Friday 1 May 2020.

Further Information: Please contact